You can make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities!

Do you find the L'Arche way of life inspiring? Do you want to get more involved? Then the Young Professionals Board just might be the opportunity for you! 

Are you ready to share your passion for the mission of L'Arche with the community? 

Join the Young Professionals Board to help spread the good news of L'Arche with the Chicago area!

Purpose of the Young Professionals Board

The Young Professionals Board helps L’Arche Chicago develop new relationships in the community, fundraise, and engage others in the mission of L’Arche Chicago via social media, social functions, and volunteering at general L’Arche Chicago events.

Why consider joining the Young Professionals Board?

  • Impact the big picture. When you support L’Arche’s mission, you support a larger movement of upholding the human dignity of every person regardless of intellectual capacity.

  • Define the next generation of L’Arche leadership. Shape the development of L’Arche’s inaugural team of new leaders and guide the effective and authentic use of technology, social media, and crowd-sourcing to broaden the scale of L’Arche’s impact.

  • Develop a skill set that’s different from the one you use at work.

  • Expand and diversify your personal and professional networks.

  • Contribute to L’Arche’s vision for growth and better understand the governance of an organization in the growth phase.

  • Have fun, be social. Engage with peers, work in teams, attend events, and share your passion for L’Arche within your networks.

  • Challenge yourself in a fast-paced, multi-faceted, forward-thinking, and change-making environment

  • Be a champion and voice for L'Arche Chicago

Responsibilities of the Young Professionals Board

  • YP Board members must be between the ages of 21 and 40

  • Pay annual dues to increase impact of YP Board's goals

  • New members sign a renewable two year commitment

  • Members must attend bi-monthly board meetings

  • Board members join one of the following committees:

    • Membership: Screens and inducts new members, keeps members accountable for finding new members

    • Communications/PR: Creates and implements the communications strategies to grow engagement and event attendees

    • Fundraising Events: Organizes ways to fundraise for L’Arche Chicago via social events, social media, and encouraging monthly giving

    • Partnerships/Awareness: Seeks out partnerships in the community and ways to engage businesses and other organizations in collaboration for events and possible donations

    • Or are elected to the Executive Committee: Execute the mission of the YP Board, conduct AB meetings, report to Board of Directors, oversees the other committees

  • Committees meet as needed to achieve their goals, generally on a bimonthly schedule as well

  • L’Arche Chicago YP Board members also volunteer, event-plan and fundraise to support L’Arche Chicago events

  • Reach out to their social and professional networks to further the mission of L’Arche Chicago in the community

For more information, contact Sarah Ruszkowski at or 708-660-1600

Join The Young Professionals Board

Thank you for your interest in the Young Professionals Board for L'Arche Chicago! Please take a minute to fill out this short survey so we can get to know you. Once you submit the form, we will be in touch shortly to discuss membership.

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Each Board member is expected to participate on a committee, with an estimated time commitment of 1-2 hours per week. Please indicate which committees would be of interest to you. *
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